Theft of medical data: Paris hospitals apologize and warn victims

The AP-HP (Assistance publique – Hôpitaux de Paris) apologizes to the victims of a large-scale data hacking. A hack operated in 2020 during Covid-19 tests in Ile-de-France.

In an email sent to policyholders and consulted by franceinfo, the AP-HP asks “to excuse us”. In general, it also calls on policyholders to be careful of hacking attempts. “We recommend the utmost vigilance, especially when it comes to fraud or phishing attempts that could occur in the coming weeks. Pay attention to the sender of any e-mail messages you receive, beware of attachments, never respond to a request for banking information. “

The personal data of around 1.4 million people, who tested for Covid-19 in Île-de-France in mid-2020, were stolen “following a computer attack”. The AP-HP lodged a complaint on Wednesday. The stolen data includes “the identity, social security number and contact details of those tested” as well as “the identity and contact details of the healthcare professionals taking care of them, the characteristics and the result of the test carried out”. But they do not contain “any other medical data”.

The institution recognizes that “the theft could be linked to a recent security breach in the digital tool”. The hack took place during the summer of 2021 and was detected on September 12.

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